- Welcome to FaithNation, I'm Jenna Browder
- And I'm John Jessup.
Well, with the 2018 mid-term elections
less than three weeks away, some people
are already voting early in some states.
- And after some past election meddling
and reports of voterfraud, some are wondering
what the Trump Administration is doing
to protect the voting process.
- CBN's National Security Correspondent,
Erik Rosales has more.
- Well John and Jenna,Department of Homeland Security
officials tell CBN Newsthe election interference
that overshadowed the 2016presidential race hasn't stopped.
While it's not as intense this time around
hacking and social mediamanipulation are still prevalent.
This mid-term election is being described
as one of the most watchedand important in history.
Although voters aren'tchoosing a president,
the Trump Administrationis a crucial factor.
The majority on CapitolHill could certainly swing
with 33 US Senate seats
and all 435 House seats up for grabs.
Homeland Security andother intelligence agencies
have ongoing operations in all 50 states
bracing for whatever foreignadversaries will bring.
- We have an informationsharing analysis center.
We have sensors, networkintrusion sensors out
such that about 90percent of people who vote
in this election will be voting in an area
that's covered by a sensor.
- [Erik] DHS SecretaryKirstjen Nielsen says
teams are conductingvulnerable assessments
and scans of voting machines.
Nielsen adds more than athousand state and local
election jurisdictionsare working together
to share information faster.
It's important to notehowever, that's a small number
given that there are some
10,000 local election jurisdictions.
- Some are hiring third parties,some are working with us.
There are some statesthat are utilizing the
There's a variety of waysin which you can bring
your capability and capacity up to speed.
Each state is doing it alittle bit differently.
- [Erik] On election day DHSwill set up a situational
awareness room, a virtualplace where election officials
throughout the country canshare information quickly.
Just weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence
sounded the alarm on China
getting involved in election interference.
- To put it bluntly, President Trump's
leadership is working
and China wants a differentAmerican president.
- [Erik] Cyber securityexperts say, while the Russians
have received the attention,the Chinese have operated
under the radar with astrategic long-term plan
to influence the 2020presidential election.
Whether it's Russia,China, Iran, North Korea
or anyone else, intelligenceofficials say they are ready.
But I think this is gonnabe the most secure election
in the modern era becauseof the amount of work
we've done with state andlocal election officials
who are by the Constitution,by law, responsible
for administering federal elections.
- It is important to notethat it's still possible
that we could see aso-called October surprise
that might change thecourse of an election.
Cyber security experts tell CBN News
in this era, it wouldn'texactly be a surprise
if hacked materialsemerge at the last minute.
- So Erik, we know that the government
is trying to actively guard against this.
But what responsibilitiesfall on the voters
themselves to safeguardtheir actual votes?
- Well, that's the most important thing.
As voters, we have tomake sure that we know
that we are registered first.
Then we have to knowwhat precinct that we're
supposed to go to.
And we should know this information
before election day actually takes place.
But voters must also understandthat they have rights.
When you get to a polling area,
If there's something thematter, there's something wrong,
a lot of people arearguing, things like that,
one thing you can do is askfor a provisional ballot.
This way you can end up casting your vote
and make sure that your vote counts.
- We have about 30 seconds left.
Have we seen any attempts oncritical infrastructure yet?
- Well, as of right now,the DHS says, not just yet
but they are preparingas if the Russians will
attack again like they did in 2016.
Now, the one thing about the Russians,
they learn and they getbetter every time they strike.
So in terms of influence on social media,
our adversaries have never gone away.
When we think about socialmedia, we have to realize
that there are state sponsoredmedia outlets out there,
like Russia's Sputnik andcyber security experts say
that their goal is alwaysto cause misinformation.
- National SecurityCorrespondent, Erik Rosales,
- Well at least 3.5 millionmore people are on US
election rolls, than are eligible to vote.
That's according to our next guest,
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch
who joins us now.
Tom, thanks so much for being with us.
- You're welcome, thanks for having me.
- Tom talk to us about yourelection integrity project.
3.5 million people, that isroughly the size of Connecticut.
- Yeah, that's a lot of people.
When you look at those registered to vote
and then you compare andcontrast those numbers
with people actually eligible to vote,
you come up with the3.5 million individuals
spread out across 50 states.
Now, some states, it's worse than others.
We sued for instance,the state of Kentucky.
It resulted in a consent decree
requiring Kentucky to take regional steps
to clean up the rolls.
Because in places likeKentucky you had significantly
larger numbers of people on the rolls
than were actually livingthere and eligible to vote.
California and Los Angelesis a major issue as well.
They didn't seem to beremoving anyone from the rolls.
And that's what happens.
You get dirty voting rolls,you get these extraordinary
numbers of people who areon the rolls who shouldn't
be there and that's a recipepotentially, for fraud.
- Tom, I know JudicialWatch went state by state
and you just mentionedCalifornia, which comprised
about half the 3.5 million voters.
And in Colorado, I believe that there's
160 thousand ghost voters and that's
enough to flip a battlegroundstate like Colorado.
Is that not right?
- Yeah, that's the dangerof having these extra names
out there, because the people know
there are names there whohave died or moved away
or otherwise ineligible,
they potentially can vote in their names
and that's where you get the fraud.
Especially in statesthat allow wide access
to mail-in ballots or early voting,
where people don't have toshow up in person to vote.
Or in states where there'sno voter ID required,
no ID required in order tovote, or the ID requirements
are so minimal that it makesthem practically useless.
- So Tom, who's to blame here?
- The Justice Department,for not enforcing the law.
That's beginning to changeunder the Trump Administration.
Federal law requiresstates to take reasonable
steps to clean up the rolls.
But first and foremost,are the states and election
officials there themselves
that can't be bothered to follow the law.
Now, things are changingbecause of Judicial Watch.
We're out there alerting states to these
dirty voting rolls and
many of the states are takingsteps to clean them up.
Even without our havingto sue, which is great.
- Well Tom, you just alluded to it.
What are some of theSecretaries of these States
doing to clean up their voter rolls?
- Well, you know someof them join multi-state
systems that allow them to cross check
with other states tomake sure that a person
in one jurisdictionhasn't moved to another.
And if they're registeredin more than one place
they can figure out that's a problem
and remove them from theirstate registration rolls.
For instance if you'rein Ohio, and you've moved
to Florida, and the person'sregistered in Florida
and registered in Ohio, youcross check and the person
shouldn't be able to be registered
in both places and the person's removed
from one of the locations.
And by having those multi-statecross check platforms,
that's a big plus.
And the other issue, isjust sending out mailings.
Hey, we haven't heard from you in a while.
Are you still there? (laughs)
And relying on that responseand making sure that people
who aren't showing up to vote
you're in contact withthem to make sure they're
still interested potentially in voting
and want to remain registered.
- Well Tom, we'll haveto leave it right there.
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch,
thanks so much for joining us.
- You're welcome.
- Well it is one of themost closely watched races
ahead of the midterms, and Beto O'Rourke
versus Ted Cruz, fightingfor a chance to serve
on the US Senate.
Amber Strong has a lookat last night's debate
showdown down in Texas.
- The heat was on in San Antonio, Texas
as Congressman Beto O'Rourkeand Senator Ted Cruz
squared off for their second debate.
- Congressman O'Rourke'srecord on this is extreme.
- He's dishonest, it's why the President
called him Lying Ted.
- No wall is going to solvelegitimate security concerns.
- But Congressman,- But smart policy will.
- He brought up El Paso.
El Paso is right across from Juarez,
one of the most dangerouscities in the world,
3,000 murders last year,there's a wall there.
That wall is one of thetools you use to protect us.
He wants to put everyone who hasn't paid
into Medicare on Medicare.
That would bankrupt Medicare,it would hurt seniors.
Seniors have paid intoMedicare, they rely on it.
- All you've heard fromSenator Cruz is what we
should be afraid of.
It's a campaign based on fear.
It's the same person whoshut down the government
of the United Statesof America for 16 days,
perhaps because he thought too many people
had too much health care.
- I would note though,on the question of life,
there is an enormous difference between
me and Congressman O'Rourke.
On the questions of life,Congressman O'Rourke
is at the extreme pro-abortion side.
So he has repeatedly voted infavor of late-term abortions.
He has repeatedly voted in favor
of taxpayer funding for abortions.
I gotta say that's notconsistent with the views
of the people of Texas.
- You made it harder and harder for women
to get access to thehealthcare that they need,
to get that cervical cancer screening,
to see that family planning provider,
to see a provider of anykind, we're losing them
faster here than inalmost any other state,
almost any other developedcountry in the world.
I will only vote to confirma Supreme Court justice
who believes in a woman'sright to make her own
decisions about her own body.
- With things intensifying between the two
voters have a lot to think about
but they don't have a lot of time.
Early voting in the LoneStar State starts next week.
Amber Strong, CBN News.
- Our Capitol HillCorrespondent, Abigail Robertson
was at the debate and she joins us now
from outside the Alamo.
Abigail, good to have you.
Last night's debate gota little bit testier
than we've seen in the past.
Yes, well both candidatescame out swinging.
I think CongressmanO'Rourke, the feedback he got
from their last debate, was that he needed
to be more on theoffensive and we definitely
saw that last night.
Both candidates were verycritical of each other.
Congressman O'Rourke calledSenator Cruz dishonest,
brought up his nickname fromPresident Trump, Lyin' Ted.
And Senator Cruz tried tosay that while O'Rourke
says a lot to the peopleof Texas while he's here
when he voted in Washington,he's voting with the left wing.
And so it was very testy,very fiery, they had
a lot on the line.
This is the last timethey will debate before
election day and they bothwanted to have the last word.
- Abby, any sense from the political class
or commentators on whowon last night's debate?
And what are the stakes now that they're
in the homestretch withless than three weeks
to go before election day?
- Well what I saw on the commentary
is that whoever you favored going in
you felt like won at the end.
There was really not a clear winner.
The both took a lot of hits at each other.
And I would say the stakes are right now,
with three weeks to go,who can have the most
voter turnout, who can get out the votes?
That's gonna be a huge part
in what the ultimate marginof who wins comes down to
on election day.
- O'Rourke is trailing inthe polls but he is more
than making up for it in the money race
raising 38 million dollarsin the last three weeks.
He now has more than double the war chest
of Senator Cruz.
Abigail, what is O'Rourke'sgame plan to narrow the gap
when it does come to the votes?
- Well, both campaigns had agoal of raising $21 million.
They both hit that but O'Rourke's campaign
far surpassed that.
He is raising a ton ofmoney and his game plan
is to really put a lot of that into TV ads
in these last three weeks.
And O'Rourke has alsohad the benefit of having
more time in Texas than Senator Ted Cruz.
The Senate has been very busy.
In August they were called backand then he also had to stay
through a lot of weekendsfor the Justice Kavenaugh
hearings and so O'Rourke hasreally had a lot more time
to be on the ground here in Texas.
So Cruz is gonna spendthe next three weeks
making up for a lot of that lost time
and really hitting the ground running.
He will not be back in DCbetween now and election day.
But O'Rourke has had a lotmore time here in the state
to really connect with the voters and
Cruz still has a safelead, but these polls
are historically close for astatewide election in Texas.
And I've talked with someTexans and a lot of that
is they say, theyattribute to the fact that
in under a decade, thepopulation of Texas has risen
by over three million people.
So they say that it's notnecessarily surprising
that the makeup ofTexans is changing a lot.
And I had one person say thatthey think that we are getting
closer to seeing aDemocrat or at least closer
races here in the state.
- Abigail, final question for you.
Speaking of the President,he weighed in a few hours
after the debate sayingthat he watched the debate
between Beto O'Rourke and Senator Ted Cruz
and basically said that Beto is a flake.
I think it's interesting, you and I were
both at the RNC in Cleveland when Ted Cruz
pulled a little bit of astunt there on the RNC floor
not showing his full support
for then candidate Donald Trump.
Can you weigh in a little bit
on the apparent love fest now that they're
trying to keep the Senatewithin Republican control?
- Yes, President Trump and Senator Cruz
have had a very funny history.
And of course that nicknamefrom the President,
Lyin' Ted, is now beingused by Beto (laughs)
in this campaign, but what we are seeing,
President Trump will behere next week in Texas.
He tweeted out lastmonth that he was coming
to hold a rally for Senator Ted Cruz.
So now I think with thePresident's agenda on the line,
if the Republicans losecontrol of the Senate,
and possibly the House,the President is putting
his full support behind Senator Ted Cruz
and yes, we are seeingthis love fest play out
and they appear to be on very friendly,
good terms right now.
- Yeah, politics at its best, right?
- At its best.
- Abigail Robertson at the Alamo,
- Yes, (laughs)- thank you very much.
- President Trump says hiscampaigning for Republican
candidates is having a quote,
"Very big impact."
While polls have Republican maintaining
control of the Senate,the GOP is in real danger
of losing the House.
If that happens, the Presidentsays he won't take the blame.
The president telling the Associated Press
he's helping Republicansby campaigning for them
saying some he's endorsedhave gone up 40 or 50 points
ahead of the election.
- Up next, lawmakers weigh in as questions
linger over the disappearanceof a Saudi journalist.
Tensions continue torise here in Washington
and abroad over the disappearance
of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
And as we've beenreporting on Faith Nation
it's now been two weekswithout a sign of him.
CBN's White HouseCorrespondent, Ben Kennedy
joins us now for more.
Ben, what is the latest being reported
from the Turkish media?
- John and Jenna, we'retalking about a pro-Turkish
paper here and they painteda real gruesome image
of what happened to this journalist.
For one, they say that he was tortured.
Two, that his body wasplaced in acid to melt.
So really, just hard to picture.
President Trump is aware of these details
about what happened.
He said look, you haveto know the facts first
before making any kind of conclusion.
So at this point, PresidentTrump is holding off
on taking any kind of action.
He spoke moments ago in the Oval Office
to the press, take a listen.
- They're an importantally, but I want to find out
what happened, where is the fault.
And we'll probably knowthat by the end of the week.
But Mike Pompeo's comingback, we're gonna have
a long talk.
- [Ben] Now the facts arethat Khashoggi was seen
entering the SaudiConsulate two weeks ago,
but has not been seen since.
Turkish investigatorssearched the consulate
for nine hours.
It's during that time the AP reports
the found certain evidencethat he was killed there.
Turkish officials are accusing the Saudis
of murdering the columnist.
Now, you just heard PresidentTrump, John and Jenna,
talk about Secretaryof State, Mike Pompeo.
He was actually in Turkey
Turkey today, Saudi Arabia yesterday,
talking with both sides there.
He said once he doesreturn to here in the US
he will brief PresidentTrump about what happened.
But at this point, it'sstill a big mystery.
- Ben, we've heard theWhite House response.
What are lawmakers saying?
- Well to be honest,lawmakers have been facing
some very tough questions about
why the White Houseisn't acting fast enough.
At this point the White House said look
they have requested audioand video from Turkey
related to Khashoggi if it does exist.
President Trump spoke about that today,
but yes, as John was saying,lawmakers have been facing
some questions on whyisn't anything being done.
So take a listen.
- Is this job made more difficult
due to the fact that he doesbusiness with the Saudis,
that they've bought an entirefloor of one of his buildings,
that he has written in thepast, tweeted in the past
about Saudi Arabian investments?
- I don't think it's fair to
- [Reporter] There's no conflict there?
- I don't take (interferingnoise) to impugn
the President's motives.
We don't have any indicationthat that's influencing
his behavior at all.
(reporters shout questions)
You could make that claimfor a lot of politicians.
- Now, President Trump spoke with the King
and Crown Prince of SaudiArabia and got a strong
denial from both.
So John and Jenna, the royal family says,
look, it wasn't us.
- Ben, we're hearingabout some of the suspects
who were being named.
What can you tell us,what's the latest there?
- Well, for one the NewYork Times says that nine
of the 15 suspectsidentified by the Turkish
authorities, are Saudi Security Services,
military or possibly othergovernment ministries.
It is said that the 15people are part of this
so-called hit squad thatwent into the consulate
moments after Khashoggi did.
- Ben Kennedy, White House Correspondent,
thank you so much for joining us.
- Thank you John, thank you Jenna.
- By all means.
Well some businesses arescaling back on their
dealings with Saudi Arabia overthe Khashoggi disappearance.
Executives from groupslike JP Morgan, Chase,
Mastercard and the London Stock Exchange
have all pulled out of a major investment
conference scheduled next week in Riyadh.
- I think the businesscommunity has very clearly said
that this is not business as usual.
My guess is that therewas some considerable
internal discussion insidethese big investment firms.
They have a huge stake in Saudi economy
both they're investing inside Saudi Arabia
and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund
in increasingly putting moneyinto the American economy.
So this is a consequentialrelationship and they don't
want to destroy it.
On the other hand, I thinkthey've made the right
decision by at this moment,saying we're not gonna
participate until this isresolved, until there's
clarity about what thegovernment's role was.
And what the government'sgonna do about it.
- Now, the Crown Princehas been trying to steer
the country away from theirreliance on oil investment.
It is unclear, the long termeffects the Khashoggi case
could have on the economy.
- President Trump sayshe's asking each of his
cabinet agencies to makefive percent budget cuts.
- I would like you to come back with a
five percent cut.
Get rid of the fat, get rid of the waste.
And I'm sure you can do it.
I'm sure everybody atthis table can do it.
It'll have a huge impact.
- And the President'sannouncement came as he pledges
to cut the country's budget deficit.
The 2018 deficit jumpedto 779 billion dollars,
that's the highest amountseen in the last six years.
- Well Jenna, it was an upand down day on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones IndustrialAverage closed the day
91 points down.
That is an improvementover one point today,
when there was over a 300 point dip.
- Next on Faith Nation, the latest
from the town where Hurricane Michael
made landfall nearly one week ago.
Hurricane Michael is nowbeing blames for 32 deaths,
the majority of those in Florida.
- That's right Jenna.
Authorities say thatnumber could still rise
as bodies are found buriedunder the rubble being cleared.
Chuck Holton brings us thislook at the recovery efforts
still taking place wherethe storm made landfall.
- Right now I'm flying over Mexico Beach
and they say it lookslike it's been bombed.
Well, having been toMosul, Iraq, in the last
couple of years, I can tell you that
it actually does look real similar.
The difference is I'm looking at houses
that are completely turned upside down,
or houses that havebeen, not just blown up,
but picked up and moved and set down
in the middle of the street.
And that's just not somethingyou see in a war zone.
This is absolutely astonishing.
When you look at thescale of the destruction
right here, there were houses all along
right here before the storm,
and now there are just concrete slabs.
- There's FEMA.
- So we're seeing FEMA and a lot of other
emergency services coming into this area,
setting up temporary cell phone towers
and distributing water andfood and that sort of thing.
But the people here that we've talked to
said that they are in desperate need
of fuel, propane gas for their stoves
and things like blankets and cots.
Because they're havingto sleep out in the open.
We set down in nearby St. Joe Beach
to talk to some survivorsand hear their incredible
stories of what it waslike to ride out the storm.
- What happened was Iwas in the house here
and I looked out the front window
and the water was threeinches coming down the street.
By the time I looked in the back door
it was already pouring into the back door.
I had four Jack Russells,I run a business called
Kayak Dog Adventures, andso I grabbed the dogs,
threw them on the fridge,and as the water poured in
we got locked up.
It came in quickly.
It rose to the top if this window.
In six minutes, I had the dogs
and you see this grass line here,
that's how quick it filled up.
I busted this window out with a broom,
took two dogs, swam out,put them in my boat,
while it was raging about150 mile an hour winds.
And then I couldn't get theother dogs to come to me
because the water was already here
and I didn't want to go back in.
But the glass, I finishedbreaking out some more glass
and I went one more time andI grabbed my other two dogs
swam back through the hole,put them back in the boat
and just rolled over in theboat and rode it in the boat.
- [Chuck] As desperation mounts,
looting becomes more widespread.
- People come down thestreet, people still picking
up their items and stufflike that you know,
looking for them in thebushes and stuff here.
People turn the cornershere and they just jump
out and grab coolers and boards and kayaks
and whatever they seeon the edge of the road
and take off around the corner.
So you should give people aminute to pick up their stuff
and find what they can before
coming for cleanup and stuff like that.
Looters will be shot andhung and shot again. (laughs)
- [Chuck] In Panama CityBeach, I'm Chuck Holton,
for CBN News.
- Those are some powerfulimages we just saw there
especially that watermarkthat was on his wall
in the living room.
It went above his head.
So just grateful to see people like him
were able to survive eventhough the death toll
is still climbing.
- And your hearts justgo out to those people
and continued prayer isof course, necessary.
- Well that's gonna do itfor tonight's Faith Nation.
- Have as great evening.